Services - 121969-2019

15/03/2019    S53

United Kingdom-London: IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support

2019/S 053-121969

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only


Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: Transport for London
Postal address: 14 Pier Walk, North Greenwich
Town: London
Postal code: SE10 0ES
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Shantini Doraisingam
Telephone: +44 2030540440
Internet address(es):
Main address:
I.2)Information about joint procurement
The contract is awarded by a central purchasing body
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.5)Main activity
Public order and safety

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

TfL's new Revenue Inspection Device

Reference number: ICT13208
II.1.2)Main CPV code
72000000 IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

TfL’s current Revenue Inspection Device (the “RID”) is a business critical tool for protecting TfL’s revenue.

The RID is used across TfL’s operating modes as well as by the National Rail (NR) Train Operating Companies (TOCs) to undertake planned and ad-hoc inspection activities over a diverse operating landscape, covering multiple inspection models across bus, rail and tram services encompassing a number of specified inspection scenarios based on TfL defined business rules to identify and respond to fraudulent activity.

Revenue inspection entails a team of inspectors checking that customers have a valid entitlement to travel on our network regardless of the travel medium the customer has used.

The existing RID is no longer manufactured by the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and TfL wishes to replace the current device with a new solution, from January 2021.

TfL’s aim is to procure a compliant, modular, software-centric RID solution, reducing where possible the use of bespoke hardware.

Transport for London (TfL) seeks to obtain market feedback via a Market Sounding Questionnaire (MSQ) in relation to the procurement of a revenue inspection device (the “new Revenue Inspection Device or RID2”). Its primary focus is to better understand market/supplier appetite, capacity and capability, as well as perceived risks and opportunities. Feedback received is important as it will inform the development and finalisation of TfL’s RID2 procurement strategy.

Interested parties should request a copy of the MSQ via email

The closing date for responding to the MSQ is 1.4.2019.

This MSQ is issued solely for the purposes of the market engagement and does not constitute a call for competition to procure service; supply or works for TfL. TfL is not bound to accept any proposals offered. No information contained in this document, or provided during and for the market engagement exercise, constitutes any commitment by TfL or any other member of the TfL group or any of its or their stakeholders to undertake any procurement exercise in the future.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
34000000 Transport equipment and auxiliary products to transportation
60000000 Transport services (excl. Waste transport)
II.2.3)Place of performance
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

TfL’s aim is to procure a compliant, modular, software-centric RID solution, reducing where possible the use of bespoke hardware.

TfL believes that the types of devices most likely to be able to meet the requirements are all-in-one handheld payment terminals (i.e. Android mPOS devices). These will be designed to meet the requirements of the payment industry, but may need some modification to meet the ITSO and Oyster inspection requirements. These mPOS devices may also support secure hardware (e.g. SAM slots), extended battery life, printing and be ruggedized for use in an operational environment.

At the same time, there is currently a lot of interest in using Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) Android smart phone devices with “software-only” solutions to act as cost-effective payment terminals.

TfL understands that consumer COTS devices may not be appropriate and that enterprise COTS devices are more likely to appropriately secure.

In summary, there are 2 RID2 device solutions options that TfL wishes to explore:

— Option 1: Android mPOS,

— Option 2: Android COTS smart phone.

TfL wishes to engage with the market to help shape how it might define, procure and contract for a new solution through assessing current market capabilities and appetite for the service identified in the high level requirement capture.

II.2.14)Additional information
II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: no

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

TfL will manage the early market engagement process in an open and transparent manner to maximise the possible benefits. Attendance or non-attendance at the direct supplier engagement meeting will not preclude or disadvantage/advantage any involvement in potential future procurement activity.

However, direct or indirect canvassing of any TfL employee or agent concerning this requirement, or any attempt to procure information from any TfL employee or agent concerning this Prior Information Notice outside of the formal process described in this document may result in disqualification from consideration for any future procurement activity.

This Prior Information Notice is issued solely for the purpose of conducting a market engagement exercise and does not constitute any commitment by TfL to undertake any public procurement exercise in the future.

TfL will not enter into a contract based solely on the responses to this Prior Information Notice and no information contained in this document or in any communication made between TfL and any interested party in connection with this shall be relied upon as constituting a contract, agreement or representation that any contract shall be offered.

TfL is under no obligation to follow up this market engagement exercise in any way or with any interested parties. TfL is not liable for any costs, fees or expenses incurred by any party participating in this market engagement exercise. TfL cannot guarantee it will incorporate all or any feedback received into any subsequent procurement process.

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: